Liver Lesions | What Causes Liver Lesions?

Treatment of liver lesions

Liver lesions can vary in treatment depending on:

  • Whether they are benign or malignant
  • Their size
  • The general condition of the patient
  • The presence of liver affection and symptoms

According to the above, some liver lesions such as benign hemangiomas that are small in size can be left alone or followed up. On the other hand, malignant tumors need surgical treatment or chemotherapy when they are irresectable.

Surgical treatment: Surgical treatment may be needed in both benign and malignant tumors, and although it is usually curative, it can sometimes be hazardous enough that the surgery becomes more perilous than leaving the lesion alone, and in those cases the alternative treatment is called conservative therapy.

Conservative therapy: Conservative therapy is using medications and other non-surgical treatment to manage a liver lesion. It can be the initial treatment until the patient is fit for surgery or as the ultimate treatment when the patient is not fit or if they are refusing surgery.

Interventional radiology: Interventional radiology are one of the newer modalities of therapy that aims at avoiding surgery while still being as effective and radical. It involves the use of catheters and radiology to target a certain lesion using chemotherapy or cutting off its blood supply, causing it to die instead of resecting it.

Regardless of the type of liver lesion, the main aim of treatment is to preserve life, reduce or eliminate symptoms and improve the overall quality of life of all patients.

Written by Martin Davis